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For all of democratic society, this new (and certainly transitory) stage of history is costly and frightening.

As America's jobless rate hit a nine-year high and after-the-fact
analyses of the Republican tax plan revealed that the Bush
Administration and its allies in Congress had denied child tax credi

Read special extracts from Jonathan Schell's new book, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and The Will of the People.

Nothing deepens your cynicism quicker than the power of money in
American politics.

The early-bird presidential campaign is under way among Democrats with
the usual characteristics.

Eight state legislators who are making a difference.

These are dog days for Democrats. The top-gun President continues to
ride high in the polls, despite the chaos in Iraq.

I wish it had been sex, maybe some of that hot "man on dog" action that
Senator Rick Santorum is so keen on chatting about. But let me not be
picky.

Recently Congress released transcripts of secret testimony of witnesses
summoned before Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous subcommittee in
hearings that impugned the patriotism of everyone from

Blogs

The Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota is headed for the first-caucus state of Iowa. She's openly discussing a presidential bid. But would she really run? Only "if I felt that's what the Lord was calling me to do."

January 8, 2011

Our media has found a new way to be as bad as it ever was, LTC Bob on packing for an overseas deployment and some hate mail.

January 6, 2011

Alec Baldwin says he wants to run for office someday, new WikiLeaks updates, a song for John Boehner, and more.

January 6, 2011

Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow because they're certainly not going to be feeling the love from Constitutional scholars.

January 5, 2011

Bill Daley's appointment for White House chief of staff is another indication of Wall Street's sway over the Obama Administration.

January 5, 2011

The Clinton years analogies have been coming fast and furious since the midterm elections and Obama's self-described “shellacking.”  But today's administration seems anything but worried about the comparisons—in fact, they seem to be doing their best to roll back the clock.

January 4, 2011

The snow is mostly melted after a near-record storm immobilized much of New York for nearly four days last week. But before non-New Yorkers gloat -- beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of a crop of problems that are likely to be coming your way.

January 3, 2011

The democratic socialist senator from Vermont has plenty online backing and prominent proponents. But he is not going to challenge Obama in 2012.

December 29, 2010

This week sees the 150th anniversary of the secession of South Carolina—the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. And of course, the anniversary brings with it the predictable repetition of myths: the South seceded because those Northern elites wouldn't let them govern themselves! It was about states' rights and freedom.

December 21, 2010